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About the project

Artists are at the heart of everything we do at the Royal Academy of Arts – we’ve been championing them since 1768 and firmly believe in nurturing young talent and celebrating the next generation of artists.

Taking inspiration from the annual Summer Exhibition, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is an opportunity for young artists aged 4 - 19 years to exhibit their work online and on-site at the Royal Academy.

The project is generously supported by Robin Hambro, a passionate advocate for the importance of access to art, and the benefits of encouraging the arts, for children and young people.


All of the artworks are viewed and judged by a panel of experienced and passionate artists and arts professionals, who work together to select which artworks will be shown online and which will be shown at the Royal Academy.

Previous judging panels have included Royal Academicians Cathie Pilkington, Bob and Roberta Smith and Phyllida Barlow.


Prizes are awarded each year for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the President of the Royal Academy. You can also vote for your favourite artwork in our annual People’s Choice Award. Take a look at the 2022 prize winning artworks.